Let's review. How has the person and work of the Holy Spirit become more real to you during this quarter?(1)
I'd like for each of you to share your name and your complete this sentence: "Of all the things I own, one thing that I am really happy with is. . ."
As we read this section, pay attention to what it teaches us about the Holy Spirit. Share with the group what you see.
Look at verses 21 - 22. What does God do for believers, according to this verse?
How is the Holy Spirit like the deposit you put down when you purchase a house?
What is the significance of the word picture of the seal? What is that about?
How does it feel to you to say, "I am God's property"?
2 Corinthians 5: 1 - 10
Let's read this together, each person reading 3 verses, and again, look for what it teaches us about the Holy Spirit.
What is the tent refereed to in verse 1?
In verse 2 Paul says we groan in this body. In what ways do you find yourself groaning because this body is not all it could be? Does your body cause you to groan(2)
What is the result of having the Holy Spirit, according to verse 6?(3)
Are you "always confident"?
Would you like to be? How many of you would say, "I would like to be 'always confident'?"(4)e
What could we do to make 'always confident' a reality in our day to day lives? What tends to make you confident? What are the confidence-busters in your life?
Look at verse 7. What does it mean to live by faith and not by sight? Be specific.
What was Paul's goal?
Don't answer this one out loud: Was "pleasing Him" on this year's new year's resolution list? If not, wouldn't you join me in putting in on the list today? Who would say with me, "I want to make it my goal to please God"?
Verse 10 says we will all appear before the judgement seat. This surely isn't talking about Christians, is it? I thought that was what salvation was about, to get us out of being judged?(5)
Ephesians 1:11 - 14
Quick: how many of you believe in predestination? Go ahead, raise your hands. As you read this verse, see how you think Paul would answer that question.(6)
How is the Holy Spirit referred to in this passage?
This verse says that the Holy Spirit is God's promise that He will get us to heaven. Do you think God ever breaks his promise?
We leave the study of the Holy Spirit now. Let's end this study with a review. What have you learned about the Holy Spirit? How would you like to live your life differently because of your newfound knowledge of the Holy Spirit?
1. This is what it is all about. Not, "did we have a good discussion today?" But, "As a result of our discussion this quarter, is the Holy Spirit making a difference in our lives?"
2. A humorous question, perhaps, but an important one. We are aliens and strangers here, never quite at home in this body. This body, like a deep sea diving out fit, was only designed to contain our Life for a limited period of time.
4. One of the things we do for our students is to get them in touch with our God- longing to want to live for God. God wants us to be confident. We want it too.
5. This is not about heaven and hell. We will be judged with a view to rewards.
6. R.C. Sproul calls predestination the doctrine everyone believes in. The Bible teaches it. If we take the Bible seriously, we must believe it to. Now what we believe about it may be different from Paul or R.C. Sproul or John Calvin, but we must believe something about predestination if we believe the Bible at all. One more thing. It is always good to allow the Bible to smash our long standing prejudices.